Where the nanny state leads

When you keep infringing on people’s freedom “for the children,” a little at a time, eventually you get something like this:

Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya – an Indian couple from Kolkata are living a nightmare in Norway. Their children – a three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter – were taken away from them by Norway’s child protective services and placed in foster care eight months ago.

The drastic measure was taken because, according to the child protective services, the couple were not bringing the children up properly. What did they do wrong? They fed the children with their hands and the infants slept in the same bed as the parents.

“My son was sleeping with my husband. They said he should sleep separately from your son,” said Mrs Bhattacharya.

“Feeding a child with the hand is normal in Indian tradition and when the mother is feeding with a spoon there could be phases when she was overfeeding the child. They said it was force feeding. These are basically cultural differences,” said Mr Bhattacharya.

Recently, the Indian Embassy in Oslo stepped in and an officer even met the children, though the parents were not allowed to.

Reason‘s Shikha Dalmia says the parents have not been allowed to even see the children for the past eight months.  For this.  But remember, the government always knows best.

5 thoughts on “Where the nanny state leads

  1. john s says:

    It is the nanny state, backed up by old style cultural bigotry. I am not a big multiculti buff when it comes to important things and assimilation into the host culture, but I think this is an example of ‘our way or the highway’ philosophy going to far.

  2. herbn says:

    @john s
    Re: Multiculturalism…
    You know, why is it things that are actually harmful and keep people from getting ahead, such as learning the language where you’ve moved, have to be given a pass by those advocating multiculturalism but harmless things like preferences in child rearing that present no danger to the child must be ground into dust?

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